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(Note: While this review will not contain spoilers for The Pharaoh's Daughter, it may inadvertently reveal plot surprises from Legend of the Jewel, the first book in the Isabelle Webb series. As always, I recommend reading books in a series in order.)
Former Pinkerton spy Isabelle Webb thought she was retiring from the adventurous life. Not so. After a harrowing adventure in India, she's now in Egypt, along with her 16-year-old ward, Sally Rhodes, and her boyfriend, 33-year-old blacksmith James Ashby. Although Isabelle is anxious to save Sally from any further mishaps (one kidnapping is more than enough, thank you very much), she's intrigued when a woman from her past offers her the chance to join a real archaeological dig. The opportunity is simply too intriguing to miss.
Isabelle is fascinated by the excavation site, a cave near Luxor that is rumored to be the tomb of a shamed pharaoh's daughter. But strange things are happening—Isabelle's hearing sinister voices near her tent at night; Alice Bilbey's birthmark burns like fire; and locals keep giving the Americans dire warnings and protective charms. The longer the group stays, the more danger they seem to be finding. Is finding treasure, even if it is more magical jewels, worth the risk? Is it worth their lives? Isabelle and her friends will soon find out.
I loved N.C. Allen's Legend of the Jewel, so I knew I'd be delighted with The Pharaoh's Daughter as well. And guess what? I was. There are so many things to like about this series—a tough, but vulnerable heroine; quick-paced plotting; fun, likable characters; mystery; even a little twist of the paranormal. It's good, clean, well-written fun and, believe me, that's not an easy combination to find. I never would have picked up this series if The Pharaoh's Daughter hadn't been nominated for a Whitney Award, but I'm so very glad I did. N.C. Allen's found a very devoted fan in Yours Truly.
(Readalikes: Legend of the Jewel by N.C. Allen; also reminds me of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters)
If this were a movie, it would be rated: PG
To the FTC, with love: I bought The Pharaoh's Daughter at Deseret Book with a portion of the millions I make from my lucrative career as a book blogger. Ha ha.